Obituaries – October 2018
Gordon Ferguson, 67
Gordon F. Ferguson, a former longtime resident of Sleepy Hollow, died October 15. He was 67.
He was born in Tarrytown on September 11, 1951 and graduated from St. Theresa’s School and Sleepy Hollow High School. Mr. Ferguson was a retired police sergeant for the Village of Sleepy Hollow, where he served for 26 years. He served as the Youth Officer and started the D.A.R.E. program in the village and also for a period of time served on the Tarrytown School Board. He grew up in North Tarrytown where he was very active with the Fire Department and served as Chief of the Department in 1985 and was a Life Active member of Union Hose Company #2.
He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aires 1042, the Knights of Columbus St. Elmo Council 318 and a member of the former American French Club. Mr. Ferguson grew up in St. Teresa of Avila Parish where he served as an altar boy for many years. He loved hockey. He played for Sleepy Hollow High School and continued to play after high school. He later became a hockey coach for Sleepy Hollow High School. He also volunteered his time coaching various youth hockey organizations. He was also an avid N.Y. Rangers fan and N.Y. Giants fan.
Fannie O’Hara, 94
Fannie O’Hara, a resident of Irvington, died October 6 after a short illness. She was 94.
She was the youngest of six children born on December 28, 1923 to Lorreto and Emilia DiFolco of East Irvington in the house where she still resided. She married the love of her life, William O’Hara, and they were married for 54 years when he predeceased her in 1998.
Bill and Fannie’s brother Tuley were in the grocery business together and operated Premier Market in Tarrytown and later Brookside Deli in East Irvington. Mrs. O’Hara worked beside them and ran the deli for many years before they sold the business. She also worked for the Westchester County Elections Bureau for more than 35 years.
She was very active at Immaculate Conception Church in Irvington and was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society for 70 years. She loved to go to the Irvington Seniors gatherings to visit with her friends, play bingo and sing karaoke.
Dorothy Bushel, 97
Dorothy Bushel, formerly of Tarrytown, died October 9. She was 97.
Born in New Rochelle, she married Gerard R. Bushel, Sr. on May 11, 1941 and the couple settled in Tarrytown where Mr. Bushel was a Motorcycle Police Officer on the Tarrytown Police Force. They raised their children, Gerard, Jr and Edward, who are twins, and William in Tarrytown. She spent 17 years in Florida before returning to Westchester.
She had been a communicant of The Church of the Transfiguration. She lived an interesting life and was very much a part of a family of twins.
Patricia Atwater, 86
Patricia Anne Atwater, a long-time Irvington resident, the mother of six children and former University of Missouri School of Journalism professor, died from complications of dementia on October 9 in Towson, Maryland. She was 86.
Richard Cross, 86
Richard Earl Cross, a resident of Tarrytown, died October 17. He was 86.
He was born April 28, 1932 in Detroit, Michigan. He was the only son of Judge Earl R. Cross and Felipa Moss McKey. His family has been in America since before the American Revolution, and several of his ancestors fought in that war, the Civil War and World War I. He was raised in the Presbyterian and Methodist traditions and was later attracted to the music and liturgy of the Catholic faith. He eventually became a Roman Catholic, but always with an ecumenical orientation.
Attracted to church ministry, he undertook seminary studies in religion, the humanities, Latin, Greek and sacred music. He took early piano lessons at the Peabody Music Conservatory. He later did advanced studies in philosophy and theology at the Catholic University of Louvain/Leuven, Belgium (established in 1425). He earned a graduate degree in theology from Louvain and in Education from Manhattan College.
Mr. Cross served in parish ministry and as a seminary professor for a decade. While teaching French he led teams of students to do volunteer work on the island of Martinique. He also studied piano, theory and Gregorian chant at the Pius X School of Liturgical Music and obtained a graduate degree in education at Manhattan College. He later worked as learning specialist in the New York public schools and as a hospice volunteer for 15 years.
He was devoted to church reform and participated in interfaith activities with the Muslim community of Westchester. He was honored in 2006 by the American Muslim Women’s Association “for his commitment to building bridges of understanding among our diverse communities.”
Mr. Cross was also a published composer, essayist and translator. As a member of the American Liszt Society, he researched and wrote about the 19th Century musical world of Franz Liszt.
In 1969, he married his beloved wife Kathleen Marie Stanton. They spent their years together as a pastoral music team in their home parish of Transfiguration Church in Tarrytown.